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  • Published: Oct 18th, 2005
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More Biking

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  • Published: Sep 30th, 2005
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Falling In …

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I was out sailing yesterday courtesy of D_____ at work. The weather was quite blustery and gusty, which made for fun sailing.

I had a first yesterday. I was up by the mast trying to loosen a line and the boat heeled over quite suddenly. I slipped and ended up with my feet in the water, being dragged, with my arms hugging the mast while I regained my footing. It was quite a surprise to all concerned. I’m klutzy sometimes, but I’ve always managed to stay in the boat before.

The rest of the trip was fabulous. We had strong winds and the new sailors caught on quickly and seemed to have a had a great time.

Hope the weather holds and I can do it again this year; the sailing part — not the holding on to the mast for dear life part.

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  • Published: Sep 18th, 2005
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Cannon Valley Trail

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I did the Cannon Valley Trail yesterday with some co-workers. We had a great ride with very comfortable weather. I really enjoyed being able to ride with people who could challenge my biking skills without leaving me completely in the dust. I kept up with the leader from Red Wing to Cannon Falls. On the way back to Red Wing I fell behind the leader, but not enough to bruise my ego significantly. At least I had the excuse that I was on a fat tired comfort bike, instead of a skinny tired touring bike. (A poor workman blames his tools, I know, I know.)

There were some stretches of trail that had enough of a grade to keep the ride a little more interesting than the Lanesboro trail.

The winery in Cannon Falls was an interesting place to visit. We got to see the grapes being dumped into hoppers, whisked up by some sort of vacuum device, arriving in a big hopper where they were presumably crushed.

One year ago, if you would have told me that I could ride 40 miles without any problems I probably wouldn’t have believed you. Now I think I could probably do a 100 mile day if I planned it right.

I’m hoping to do one more big bike ride before the weather turns. The Grand Rounds looks like it might be a good candidate.

The leaves that kept falling on the trail underscored the inescapable fact; fall is here and winter is around the corner. I can’t live in denial any more.

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  • Published: Sep 17th, 2005
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New Post from Aras

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Aras wrote a nice post on climbing, kayaking and life. Nice work, glad to see you posting again.

Danger doesn’t motivate me as much as it does Aras when it comes to outdoor activities. It’s not that there aren’t dangers; after all I go solo backpacking which isn’t exactly what your life insurance agent recommends. My outdoor activities are more motivated by feeling alive and discovering beauty. It does seem like I’ve gradually upped the risk level over the years, but that was more of a side effect I think. (Now Aras might disagree with this assessment since he has been in the woods with me more than a few times.)

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  • Published: Sep 14th, 2005
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Apostle Islands Sailing ’05

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When do I feel the most alive? It’s when I’m out sailing or hiking. I went for the annual sailing trip last weekend. We had good wind and a fast boat.

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  • Published: Aug 14th, 2005
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On the Left

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So lately I’ve been bicycling more. I have one question. When on a mixed use trail, when I say in a clear voice “Passing on the left”, why do people panic and move in every direction?

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  • Published: Aug 1st, 2005
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Bicycle Etiquette

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Having ridden my bike a bit more this year, I loved reading this list of helpful “biking etiquette” tips compiled on the “Fat Cyclist” blog.

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  • Published: Jun 19th, 2005
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Matthew Bike Riding

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The shadowy figures in the photograph are Jeannie and Matthew working on Matthew’s bike riding skills. He’s getting the hang of going without training wheels. He still steers like a distracted drunk and sometimes forgets to pedal, but he is much better than I was at that age.


How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bike

I never really got the hang of riding a bike when I was grade school aged. When I lived in Richland Center, Wisconsin we lived with my maternal grandparents. While my grandmother had lots of admirable traits, she was in the final analysis very flappable when it came to activities resulting in road rash. Her nervousness combined with my own ineptitude made learning to ride nightmarish for me. So I checked out for a few years.

When I was 13 or so I was determined that I would learn to ride a bike. Our house had a sloping alley behind it. Every night during the summer I would wait until nearly dusk and then launch myself down the alley on my moms rusty three speed bike. Sometimes I would make it to the end of the alley and I would push it back to our garage and start the process over again. I frequently fell into the neighbor’s bushes on the way down the alley. I would dust myself off, find my bent up glasses and keep riding. After doing that for a good month or so I finally got the hang of it. A month or so later my dad won a ten speed from Dr. Pepper. I rode that bike everywhere until I moved to Minnesota.

This is pretty much the way I’ve learned everything in life, launching myself down an alley until the skill was second nature.

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  • Published: Mar 26th, 2005
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Sailing

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I wish sailing was considered more newsworthy. Somehow I completely missed Ellen Macarthur’s record setting solo sail around the world. 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds is the new time to beat.

While I practically salivate when imagining myself rounding Cape Horn or crossing the Atlantic, I can’t fathom the intestinal fortitude of solo sailors going around the globe without touching land at these kinds of speeds. These folks are real rock stars to me.

Reminds me of a recent conversation I had with a friend. I asked him if he had any sailing planned. He said, “No, I put in a surround sound system.” I am still shaking my head over that. How could a surround sound system be considered in the same breath as sailing in the real world on the real ocean?

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  • Published: Oct 21st, 2004
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Red Sox

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While I am not a baseball fanatic or a Red Sox fan, I would like to offer my hearty congratulations to the Boston Red Sox for winning the AL Championship, by beating the Yankees in an amazing comeback.

I can so identify with the feeling of elation that one’s favorite team is on the cusp of winning their sports most important match. Growing up I watched the Packers in the 80′s and heard about the glory years of the 60′s. I never thought I would see them go the Super Bowl in my life time. Seeing them do it not once, but twice was an amazing feeling.

On an intellectual note, I know sports are all about theater, big business, and spectacle, but sometimes the theater is so good you have to watch.

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